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On October 9-10, the University of Cincinnati Education and Research Center (ERC) held its 15th  Pilot Research Project (PRP) Symposium at the Vontz Center at UC’s Medical College Campus.  This annual event provides the opportunity for scientists, local professionals and students from 12 regional universities to observe presentations and discuss a broad range of topics related to the Environmental health, Industrial Hygiene, Safety Engineering, Occupational Nursing and Medicine. This Symposium provided a platform to illustrate some of the exceptional research conducted in the Tristate region (OH,KY and IN).


Dr. Ho, Chairperson Dept. of Environmental Health Opening Remarks at the Symposium

The academic assemblies were then followed with a networking picnic involving the students, professors, and professionals.  The picnic provided the opportunity for the students to establish and strengthen relationships with peers in their field of study.  With the success of the 15th PRP symposium, gratitude is due to the hosts Drs. Bhattacharya and Reponen, and also the efforts provided by the new PRP coordinator Chris Schaffer and help from previous coordinator Cyndy.

Keynote Speaker, Thursday, October 9, 2014


Dr. Moline’s research in the past has focused on the health effects of lead exposure, the health effects of theatrical smoke and fog on actors, and the effect of creosote on exposed workers. In recent years, many of Dr. Moline’s endeavors have been centered on the medical evaluation and treatment of World Trade Center (WTC) responders. She began seeing individuals whose health was affected by the WTC disaster in October 2001, and has been instrumental in the development and implementation of the federally-funded medical programs for WTC responders. She has published over 29 articles on the physical and mental health effects of WTC exposure. She has received numerous awards for her service to WTC responders. In July 2011, Dr. Moline was awarded a 5-year, multi-million dollar contract to be the Director of the Queens World Trade Center Clinical Center of Excellence at Long Island Jewish Medical Center/Queens College.


ERC Director, Dr. Reponen presenting a gift of appreciations








Dr. Moline presented an informative seminar on:
The World Trade Center Disaster and its Aftermath”


Auditorium full of interested colleagues and students

Keynote Speaker, Friday, October 10, 2014

“Safety Climate and the Lone Worker: Review of Research”

Marvin J. Dainoff, PhD, CPE

Director, Center for Behavioral Sciences

Liberty Mutual Research Institute for Safety





PRP Director, Dr. Bhattacharya thanking the Keynote Speaker, Dr. Dainoff

















Discussion of Posters

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NETWORKING EVENT-Food for Thought!

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IMPACT: Pilot projects have resulted in Research-to-Practice ideas

SEE PRP WEBSITE for Video Presentations



The biannual ERC Orientation included a special seminar by Dr. Debra Novak, RN, PhD, Senior Service Fellow from National Personal Protective Technology Laboratory (NPPTL), NIOSH, CDC.  She gave an overview of the Healthcare Respiratory Protection Surveillance and Intervention Research in the NPPTL. Slides are available here.

IMG_4076 IMG_2635A group of 8 people that included students and faculty from the Occupational and Environmental Hygiene, Occupational Health Nursing and Engineering core programs travelled to the Wright-Patterson Air Force Base on 05/15/2014. The purpose of the trip was to obtain a brief overview on the various researches and its impact on the researchers and the workforce.

The day started with a brief overview of the day’s agenda by Dr. Christianson. The trip was about an hour’s ride from the university campus. Although, some of the faculty and students already knew each other, the ride to the air force base provided some rare insights into each person’s life and experiences. We were received at the base by our escorts who immediately put us at ease with some light hearted humor.

Following the exchange of a few pleasantries, the students and the faculty were escorted to the facility. The initial part of the tour focused on how the facility is able to recreate certain situations from actual flight under a highly controlled mechanized setup, for example burning of fuel. Interactions of different systems such as fuel line, pressure systems, and visualization techniques were all showcased along with a brief explanation of the same. A little further came the best part of the day, where we were taken to a fancy looking lab with a number of mirrors and a sequentially arranged set of rectangular metal boxes. The set up reminded one of the childhood days when one would play with mirrors and try to reflect light into other people’s faces in order to annoy them. The only difference being that here the equipment cost ran into millions and it was serious research that was being conducted here. Focused lasers can rake up localized temperatures to a few hundred degrees in a fraction of time, part of which was amusingly showcased with the example of a half burnt wall calendar. The interactions focused on the difficulties of setting up the equipment, knowing what is to be done, the need for such costly equipment and instruments, and how the experiments translate to knowledge and learnings.

Coming from different backgrounds, the questions the group posed were varied as well. Some were interested in the ergonomics, while others were interested in the engineering aspect of the research. Shuttling between the labs and braving the unusually cold and windy weather, the group marched on learning small things and enriching our knowledge along the way. The tour ended with a small tour of the aircraft hangar where we were left amazed at the enormity of the structure. Occasionally, one could see a few planes in the sky that looked like tiny dots, which was in stark comparison with the actual resting and rework place of these gigantic marvels of mankind. The air cleaning systems and the personal protective equipment the workers wear while repairing the planes were shown at this time.

Although, the trip lasted only half a day, the practical experience we were able to witness combined with the liberal transfer of the technical know-how of our generous hosts at the air force base made for a trip that will always be worth remembering.

Students presented their TRT and Workshop projects in the annual ERC Students Research Findings Symposium on April 15, 2014.



Swarup Zachariah:  Predicting core body temperature, sweat rate, cardiac output and stroke volume using a 3D whole body model for firefighters (left)

James Dietrich:   Assessing the Protection Factor of Firefighters’ Respirators against Combustion Ultrafine Particles (right)



Ali Aljaroudi: The Effect of Active Pre-Cooling on Firefighters During Live Burn Training Activities (left)

Kelley James: Impact of Heat Exposure on Postural Balance of Firefighters (right)




Janie Allen-Blue, Jennifer Leslie, Latrice Moss, Shelly Kuyat : A Collaborative, Cross-Functional Study to Determine Biological Hazards among Emergency Department Personnel (left)

Sarah Gamble, Yousef Elmashae, Shuang Gao: Title: Qualitative Assessment of Workplace Health and Safety in Low Wage Restaurant Workers (right)


Scott Everson, Ali Aljaroudi, Shannon Douglas, Jean Schechtman, James Dietrich:  Hearing Conservation Knowledge and Training for Firefighters